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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

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Address: Sandwich, MA

Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way...

Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America, including Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.If you are interested in seeing what Cape Cod looked like before tourists discovered it, and want to visit some of the best quaint, little shops in New England, Route 6A is the place to be.

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Beautiful, scenic drive

This is a beautiful scenic drive along the cape. Make sure you are taking Route 6A instead of Route 6. The houses are just beautiful and the towns along the way are such fun... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Lisa W
Mayfield, Kentucky, United States
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Mayfield, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful scenic drive along the cape. Make sure you are taking Route 6A instead of Route 6. The houses are just beautiful and the towns along the way are such fun places to stop and shop. I would allow at least 6 hrs (or plan to spend the whole day) until you reach Provincetown. You can take... More 

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East Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were happy to find out they were still serving breakfast! We attend Mass on Sundays and usually struggle to rush and find a place serving breakfast. Thrilled we found 6A Cafe and it's friendly staff. I had an egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich on french toast!! I ate one half as a sandwich and the other half as french... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For beautiful views and great antiquing, definitely spend time driving up and down route 6A on the north shore of Cape Cod. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend!!

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Medway, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, scenic drive along the inner Cape. Lots of quaint places to stop, plus gift shops, beaches, restaurants and of course ice cream. Be sure to note the osprey nests on the marsh. Favorite stops along the way include: the Edward Gorey House and the other sites in historic Yarmouth, Taylor-Bray Farm, the Cape Cod Museum of... More 

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cape cod
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For the last several years since moving from Chatham to Brewster we drive route 6A whenever possible while traveling off Cape It may take an extra 10-15 minutes versus the route 6 highway for the 30 mile trip, but well worth it....mostly scenic views and beautiful old homes

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Birmingham, England.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An easy drive through some gorgeous towns. Much nicer than the main route 6 from which you can see nothing much! Many historic houses/buildings along the way.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

A very quaint route if you want a bit of New at gland rather than the Highway. Lots of little towns and antique type places to enjoy on your way to Provincetown.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

If your not in a hurry to get to Provincetown and you want to get off the highway (route 6) this is an enjoyable ride. There are lots of little antique shops to stop in along the way. It's a rural country road and the towns we passed through along the way looked sort of old fashioned in a sense,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Heavy traffic at times ,plan trip around holidays and weekends. Bridges back up for 10-20 miles on Fridays and Sundays /Early Mondays. Nice new pavement. Beautiful views.

Thank Terri E
Brevard County, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Bring the binoculars. Very scenic & pleasant drive along the cape. Slow down, enjoy the view, landscape, and architecture style of the homes.

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